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Sun Nov 09, 2014 at 06:00 AM PST

Dawn Chorus: A Plover, not a fighter

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Somehow you'd expect some aggression from a bird whose first name is "Kill", especially if it sounds like they kill critters as large as deer.

Not so much, as it turns out.  They eat invertebrates and they'd much rather run than fight.  And they'd like to get you to run as well.

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A Killdeer spots me, and I'm apparently near its nest...

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... so it runs a short distance and flops down in some rocks.

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It runs a little more, flops down again and feigns a broken wing.  This bird has a future as a soccer player.

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Running further, up into the grass now, it keeps flashing its bright rusty tail.

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Now the "wounded bird" has two "broken" wings on display.  An instant later, it decided it had drawn me far enough from the nest and flew away.

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Sun Nov 02, 2014 at 06:00 AM PST

Dawn Chorus: Worth the trip

by lineatus

The seasons are shifting and everyone's on the move; the birds are settling into new homes for a spell.  Humans too.

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California for the memory bank.

A great friend is moving away.  We've had a few adventures together over the years, shared some rough times but many more good times.  I'll be sad to have so many miles between us, but happy for the reason behind his move.  Before he starts packing in earnest, there was time for one more birding trip.  And what a trip it was.

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Wed Oct 29, 2014 at 08:27 PM PDT

Giants!!! F*ck YEAH!!!

by lineatus

That is all.

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Okay - how about a photo.  This morning, as seen on my bike ride to work.  The day dawned Giants orange.

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Sun Oct 26, 2014 at 06:00 AM PDT

Dawn Chorus: Am I Blue?

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Admittedly, I've got a touch of grey.  But nonetheless, I'm blue and that's great.

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Great Blue Heron in a sea of blue...

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Sun Oct 12, 2014 at 06:02 AM PDT

Dawn Chorus

by lineatus

Banding yesterday, banding again today.  Yesterday brought one of my favorite visitors...

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But we finished way late and I had no time to write last night.  So alas, this week is a bit of an open thread.

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Sun Oct 05, 2014 at 06:00 AM PDT

Dawn Chorus: Last Robin of Fall

by lineatus

Summer, like every good party, is coming to an end.  Friends are headed out, and as they depart you realize you barely had time to visit with some of them.  The Robins, especially; you noticed their arrival (for they are always punctual), and you really meant to hang out with them for a while. But then the flashy warbler showed up from the other coast, and there was the shorebird who was visiting all the way from Siberia and that whole group of broadwings... and once again the Robins were on their way.

Next year, for sure.

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Sun Sep 21, 2014 at 06:00 AM PDT

Dawn Chorus: Lookin' Sharp

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Seriously sharp.

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Little Miss Sharp-shin has a big presence.

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Sun Sep 14, 2014 at 06:00 AM PDT

Dawn Chorus: Moby Chick

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...adee.

Seriously, this bird is elusive.  Trying to get a photo is like trying for a good shot of Bigfoot.

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I talked about this last week in the comments.  Having photos is not much of an improvement.

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Sun Sep 07, 2014 at 06:00 AM PDT

Dawn Chorus: Hawkward

by lineatus

So yeah....

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I have misplaced my camera after last weekend's banding, and we're at the cabin this weekend with only phone access to internet.  So basically, I got nothin'.  

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Sun Aug 17, 2014 at 06:00 AM PDT

Dawn Chorus: Owl be seeing you soon

by lineatus

For some reason, they've ended up as cute fluffy things in popular culture (thanks Etsy and Anthropologie!)
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And okay, they are kind of cute and fluffy sometimes.  But to anyone who is actually cute and fluffy, these eyes mean trouble.

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Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 06:00 AM PDT

Dawn Chorus: Headbangers

by lineatus

Hellz Yeah!  They rock my world.

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What can I say?  I just plain love woodpeckers.  They're fascinating to watch, and just plain good looking birds.  They don't always choose to reveal themselves, clinging to the highest treetops, but sometimes they'll get front and center at a feeder or an eye-level branch.

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It was the first weekend in June, and Yosemite beckoned.  Last November, when we'd signed up for the class, the winter rains were late but we didn't yet know they'd be all but non-existent.  (Not that it would have deterred us.)  So what would await us this time?


Half Dome never disappoints.  A high-country thunderstorm had just cleared off and gave a nice dramatic view from the bridge near our campground.  Later that evening, we were back in the same spot to watch bats.

Birds, thankfully.  And cliffs and waterfalls and flowers and bugs and bats and stuff.

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